Paramedical Staff

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to (1) assess the benefits of community-based paramedicine models of care, and (2) encourage paramedics to apply their training in non-traditional community-based environments.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Through their Ambulance Programme, NHS England is working with its stakeholders to explore and assess the benefits of community based paramedicine models of care.

The General Practice Forward View includes commitments to increase use of non-medical clinicians in primary care. There are well developed models for paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other allied health professionals (AHPs) to work alongside family doctors and practice nurses. Paramedics undertake more extensive assessment and diagnoses and treat or refer many patients without conveyance to hospitals.

The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer recently launched Allied Health Professions into Action to ensure the potential of AHPs is realised and supports the ambitions of Sustainability and Transformation Plans. A copy of Allied Health Professions into Action is attached.

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